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Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Well here I am, back in my office at Maynooth University, although I wish I could say the same about the heating. The Christmas closure officially ended yesterday (3rd January) but there are very few people about today and no heating in my office. I doubt there will be anywhere open to get lunch later. And did I mention there’s no heating? …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 January]

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Grade inflation and academic standards

Posted in Teaching on January 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Considering how much coverage your newspaper gives to education, the shallowness of your analysis (in your editorial ‘Keeping an eye on standards’ of January 3rd) of ‘grade inflation’ in Irish third-level institutions, and the implied suggestion that our quality systems are somewhat lacking, is surprising …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 4 January]

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UK universities could go bust in wake of no-deal Brexit, think tank warns

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 4th, 2019 by steve

“Universities face the threat of going bust in the wake of a no-deal Brexit, a leading think tank has warned. Vital UK research – including projects that are developing cancer treatments and combatting climate change – could be ‘compromised’ if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, university bosses have said …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 4 January]

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UCD student at centre of racism controversy in World Debating Finals

Posted in Governance and administration on January 4th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A student from University College Dublin (UCD) is at the centre of a controversy concerning racism at the World Universities Debating Championships final which is taking place this weekend in Cape Town, South Africa. Protesters occupied the open final of the competition following the sharing of a WhatsApp message on social media, which was sent by the UCD student, where the student called a black participant ‘useless’. The student is the head of the tabulation team at the competition …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 3 January]

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